Monday, April 15, 2024

Here Are The 10 MPs Most Lobbied By CIJA


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Nearly 60 per cent of current MPs have been lobbied by CIJA, but these 10, from all three major parties, stand out.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is a Zionist group that has a stated priority of “strengthening the Canada-Israel Relationship.”

The group has aimed to do so in many different ways, including by taking MPs on fully-paid trips as well as lobbying them.

The CIJA website lists several policy recommendations for elected officials. 

One recommendation is for the federal government to “publicly recognize that anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism,” a suggestion that if implemented could contribute to the criminalization of pro-Palestine advocacy in Canada. 

Another is for the federal government to “support the people and land of Israel in the international arena.” They recommend that Canada should “publicly oppose one-sided UN resolutions that unfairly and uniquely single out the world’s only Jewish state”; “publicly oppose efforts that deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination in their ancient homeland”; and “draw a clear moral distinction between the defensive actions of Israelis and the illegal aggression of banned terrorist groups.” 

CIJA also suggests that the government should “ensure Canadian foreign aid is aligned with Canadian values & policy.” The group recently announced it will be launching a lawsuit against the Canadian government’s decision to reinstate UNRWA funding critical to Palestinian survival in Gaza in the midst of what has been deemed an ongoing or imminent famine.  (more...)

Here Are The 10 MPs Most Lobbied By CIJA

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